Things to do in London this Friday

It's time to clock off, wind down and get your weekend on...

Find fantastic ideas for things to do on a Friday, just in case you've left it to the last minute. Check out the best entertainment, nightlife and events happening in the capital this Friday. The weekend starts here...


Balloons at the ArcelorMittal Orbit

After cake, balloons are definitely the best way to make a birthday more exciting. The Olympic Park's wiggly red landmark turns one on April 5 and to celebrate they'll be making their upper viewing platform a veritable playground by filling it with 2,500 balloons. Visitors of all ages are invited to bumble their way through the rubbery, colourful maze, with two giant concave mirrors adding to the silliness by turning reflections upside-down. On April 17 over-16s can experience the inflatable fun after hours in a special late opening event, during which 300 LED balloons will be added to the mix to create a light show.

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ArcelorMittal Orbit Friday April 3 2015 - Sunday April 19 2015

Gabriel's Wharf Easter Egg Hunt

This South Bank shopping street is celebrating Easter with an egg hunt and children's craft sessions. From 11am till 6pm chocolate hungry sleuths can scour the riverside storefronts and window displays for edible treats. On Saturday April 4, between 1pm and 4pm, children can also get creative with Easter themed crafts, while parents browse through the independent clothing and jewellery boutiques on Gabriel’s Wharf where they may hunt down some treasures of their own.

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Gabriel's Wharf Friday April 3 2015 - Monday April 6 2015 Free


Critics' choice

Future-funk, aqua-crunk – give it whatever bizarre label you want, but let's all agree that Glasgow producer Rustie is ace at what he does. Imagine shoving R&B, funk, hip hop, dubstep and much more into an industrial blender, churning it to high heaven, then chugging the results in the middle of a warehouse rave. Tonight he's dropping tracks from 'Green Language', his most recent album apparently written to and influenced by birdsong in the remote Scottish countryside. Will he be accompanied by a flock of sparrows? Will there be a special appearance from a puffin? Probably not, to be honest, but this should still be a great show of future-leaning electronic excellence. Read our interview with Rustie

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Village Underground Friday April 3 2015

The Passion of Jesus

Wintershall Players return with their huge (for which read horses, donkeys, doves and a cast of over 100) open-air performance of 'The Passion of Jesus', featuring volunteers from in and around London. Huge crowds are expected but big screens will ensure nobody misses any crucial plot twists. If you can't make it to Trafalgar Square, the noon performance is being filmed and will be available on YouTube as soon as it ends.

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Trafalgar Square Friday April 3 2015 Free

Coffin Dodgers Disco

Critics' choice

Let's get reeeeeady to… er, grumble? Old timers Don and Reg have had enough of those fresh-faced youngsters clogging up dancefloors all over the capital, they're making some space for the golden oldies in the heart of city. How? With a strict no under-28s door policy, of course, governed by no-nonsense mistress Vera at the gate, so bring ID, folks. Once through, you can shuffle to your heart's delight to disco, indie, pop and rock by the likes of T-Rex, Kylie, Tom Jones, Soft Cell, Spice Girls, Kate Bush, Pulp and more. Plus there'll be 'The Oldest Swinger in Town' dance competition – just don't put your back out, eh?

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The Phoenix Friday April 3 2015 - Saturday May 2 2015
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